When CES starts in the next several days, we should be seeing a wealth of new information on all the products coming out this year. A few things do get leaked early, and this time from the company itself. The Plantronics GameCom 780 7.1 headset was leaked early by Plantronics, but this headset has a different appearance than other models in the GameCom line. For one, it has a distinctly retro appearance with the exposed metal and wires, but the internals are all new. It packs 40mm drivers into each ear piece, and makes use of Dolby Headphone and ProLogic IIx to deliver the best sound possible for your games. The GameCom 780 also has reinforced joints and wiring to better protect it when you take it to LAN parties, plus the ear pieces can fold up flat for easier storage. There is a noise-canceling microphone on the headset, a button to toggle the surround sound on/off, plus an on-ear volume wheel and mute switch. The GameCom 780 connects to your PC or Mac via a 6.5 foot USB cable, but the surround sound will only work on the PC.
The Plantronics GameCom 780 7.1 headset will launch on January 10th for $80. The Plantronics GameCom 380 headset, identical to the 780 but lacks the Dolby technologies and USB connection, will only set you back $50.